Integrative and Functional Healthcare, Acupuncture,
Chinese Medicine, QiGong & Nutrition in Santa Monica, California

serving the Community since 1994 

Lauren Howard, LAc

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, LAc, CCN

Welcome to Santa Monica Wellness Center! We’ve been assisting our patients on their healing journeys since 1994. It has been an honor that so many patients have allowed us to partner with them as they seek to improve their health and vitality. Some patients come to us in a crisis, such as those in pain, those with a chronic health condition who are seeking a more integrative approach, and those who simply are overwhelmed with the stresses of life and are looking for more balance. Other come to us who are looking to increase their vitality and well being and simply enhance their healthy lifestyles. No matter where you are on your journey, we look forward to supporting you in co-creating a joyful, vibrant, healthy (and fun) life!

At the Santa Monica Wellness Center, our intention is to empower our patients and the community to realize their fullest potential, providing the highest quality Integrative Health Care, delivered with respect, integrity, and compassion. We inspire, educate and provide opportunities to create and sustain abundant health, while enlightening awareness to the infinite healing power of the human body, mind, and spirit.


Mental/Emotional Aspects of The Heart

The major responsibility of the heart in TCM is housing the mind and controlling the shen. “Shen” can be seen as the overall healthiness of the mind. When you look at a healthy person in good spirits, you know how you can see that in their eyes? There is a certain bright clarity and sense of health that shines

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Physical Aspects of The Heart

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart is the organ most closely linked to emotion. Think about all the terms we use every day to describe our state of mind: “heartsick,” “heartbroken,” “heartache” The heart is not the director of subtlety; the emotions it encompasses seem to always be on the far end of the spectrum, either extreme sadness or extreme

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Auricular Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system that dates back nearly 4,000 years. Auricular acupuncture was first mentioned around 500 B.C. in the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, which is the equivalent of the Bible for TCM practitioners. However, the method in which auricular acupuncture is practiced today is actually based upon discoveries that occurred in France in

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